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Definition of twang in English:


1A strong ringing sound such as that made by the plucked string of a musical instrument or a released bowstring: there was a twang from Marian’s bow the twang of snapping metal
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  • Sure enough, the echoing twang of a bowstring sounded.
  • As he exhaled, Erik let his arrow fly with a sharp twang of the string, the sound echoed thirty times over as the rest of the cadets fired.
  • Celil was suddenly thrust back into reality from her daydream by the bellow of a war-horn, screeches and roars, and the twang of bowstrings.
2A nasal or other distinctive manner of pronunciation or intonation characteristic of the speech of an individual, area, or country: an American twang
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  • The distinct nasal twang of an ‘American’ accent echoes thought the plane.
  • ‘Beaucoup de vent’ sounds more like ‘beaucoup du vin’ and the twang gets more nasal the further south you go.
  • There is a laconic drawl, an ever so slight nasal twang to his voice.


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1Make or cause to make a twang: [no object]: a spring twanged beneath him [with object]: some old men were twanging banjos
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  • The bed springs twanged and the wooden floor boards responded with a creak.
  • You could almost hear the good vibrations twanging in the air.
  • She ran into the harp, and it twanged in protest.
2 [with object] Utter (something) with a nasal twang: the announcer was twanging out all the details
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  • Just because you sing with the odd hiccup or twang a certain phrase doesn't mean you can say you're singing country music.


Pronunciation: /ˈtwaŋi/
adjective (twangier, twangiest)
Example sentences
  • One minute he's delivering clean, fast, twangy lines, the next is using the Wah Wah pedal to great effect or experimenting with just a touch of scratchy noise, all done in impeccable taste.
  • The lead characters both and walk and talk like typical teens while a twangy folk song that sounds like a mix between John Denver and Kenny G plays in the background.
  • Although the music is less twangy and more melodic, it doesn't lose the band's traditional bluesy/folk style.


Mid 16th century: imitative.

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